Swing links of the week: December 28, 2008

December 29th, 2008

Here are some Swing links that you might have missed during the last week:

  • The discontent about timely and transparent disclosure of long-term plans for Swing is growing, and this week Geertjan Wielenga vents his frustration about the uncertain future of Swing in light of the Sun’s push for JavaFX as the apparent future of Java on desktop.
  • Andres Almiray has been hard at work with the Groovy builders for various third-party Swing components. He released version 2.1 of jideBuilder, has started work on the MacWidgetsBuilder, and showcases a few screenshots of the SwingPad 0.2.
  • Alex Ruiz kicks off a new series about testing JavaFX UIs by extending his FEST Swing library.
  • Jean Francois Poilpret is wondering whether it’s time to fork the SwingLayout project and start fixing its bugs. I can only speak for my own open-source projects (Substance and Flamingo), but i have found a surprisingly insignificant resistance to Java 6 as the minimum runtime requirement. This may be due to a relatively low usage of these two libraries, or this may be due to greater flexibility of runtime environments on the client side Java.
  • And finally, Yves Zoundi has announced two new releases of his projects. XPontus XML editor has reached release, and VFSJFileChooser remote file chooser component has reached release 0.0.4.